On Sunday morning and evening, at the Parish Church, Burton Latimer, special hymns were sung owing to the death of the Rev. F. B. Newman, M. A., who for 23 years was Rector of that parish, and who was buried in that Churchyard on Friday morning. At the commencement of the morning service the organist (Mr. A. Clarke) played the Dead March in “Saul,” the congregation rising from their seats. The Rev. H. Priestland, in the course of his sermon, made reference to the character and life’s work of the deceased former Rector. The preacher, who was one of Mr. Newman’s curates for two years, said that while he felt his departed friend would not like him to say much, yet he (the preacher) felt it was his duty to pay a tribute to one who had done such a valuable work in the parish. Mr. Newman was a good man, with a tender heart full of kindness and sympathy. Then, as they all knew, his generosity was unbounded, and an appeal was never made to him in vain. His judgement was that which might ever be trusted, and once he began a work there was always that plodding determination and perseverance which, under the guidance of God, brought success. There was no need for him to say anything about their old Rector’s work in restoring the House of God in which they were assembled that morning, nor yet of his efforts in educational matters. They knew it all; but, he thought, to have raised and spent wisely, with such excellent results, many thousands of pounds for Church work and Schools, deserved an acknowledgement now that Mr. Newman had passed away. Preaching in the evening from the words “He died a good old age,” the Rev. H. Priestland again referred to the death of the Rev. F. B. Newman. After the sermon the hymn, “Now the labourer’s task is o’er,” was sung, and the service closed with Chopin’s Funeral March, being played on the organ by Mr. Clarke.
At the evening service at the Mission Room on Sunday there was a large congregation. An eloquent sermon was preached by Mr. J. G. Arlidge, licensed lay reader of Kettering, who chose his text from Hebrews III.c., 4 v., “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.”